The Girls in the Band
Oriental Theatre Screen 2Thu, Oct 3, 2013 4:45 PM Event Date Passed
Fox Bay Cinema Grill Screen 2Tue, Oct 8, 2013 5:00 PM Event Date Passed
Film Info
Section:Sound Vision (Media Sponsors: WMSE 91.7FM & The Pabst Theater)
Runtime:83 min
Event Type:Features
Country of Origin:USA
Original Language:English
Community Partners:Sugar Maple
Girls Rock MKE
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Judy Chaikin
Cast:Patrice Rushen
Esperanza Spalding
Geri Allen
Jane Ira Bloom
Clora Bryant
Producer:Judy Chaikin
Nancy Kissock
Michael Greene
Screenwriter:Judy Chaikin
Edward Osei-Gyimah
Editor:Edward Osei-Gyimah
An award-winning look at the untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and the uphill climb they faced just to be heard, "The Girls in the Band" shines an entertaining light on women cast to the margins of jazz history. Subject to punishing sexism and racism, these women powered through all obstacles with good humor, steadfast determination and musical mastery as their guide. This long-overdue celebration showcases their groundbreaking journeys from the late '30s all the way to today (influencing contemporaries such as Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding) in a "real crowd-pleaser" that "may prompt a rewrite of jazz history" (Robert Koehler, "Variety").